Black Holes

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Black holes are the most fascinating discovery of modern astronomy. They have already become legendary, and form the basis of many myths and fantasies. Are they really the monsters of science fiction which devour light and stars? Are they purely hypothetical objects from the theory of relativity or are they an observable reality? In answering these questions, the author takes us on a fabulous voyage through space and time. He explains how stars are born, light up and die. He takes us into the strange world of supernovae, X-ray stars and quasars. We travel on a journey to the very edge of the Universe and to the limits of contemporary physics.
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"This is an outstanding work of scientific exposition that can be recommended as a manifestation of the dictum that common sense often leads to surprises and the modest goal of science is simply to make such surprises just a little less frequent." John D. Barrow, Nature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521400299
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the French edition
Foreword to the English edition
Pt. 1 Gravitation and Light 1
1 First fruits 3
2 Relativity 15
3 Curved space-time 32
Pt. 2 Exquisite Corpses 59
4 Chronicle of the twilight years 61
5 Ashes and diamonds 68
6 Supernovae 80
7 Pulsars 97
8 Gravitation triumphant 114
Pt. 3 Light Assassinated 117
9 The far horizon 119
10 Illuminations 137
11 A descent into the maelstrom 147
12 Map games 160
13 The black hole machine 193
14 The quantum black hole 205
Pt. 4 Light Regained 217
15 Primordial black holes 219
16 The zoo of X-ray stars 230
17 Giant black holes 256
18 Gravitational light 289
19 The black hole Universe 296
Appendix 1: The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram 301
Appendix 2: The mass-density diagram of astronomical objects and the endpoints of stellar evolution 303
Bibliography 307
Name index 308
Subject index 310
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